Sitting for long hours is part of being a truck driver. Unfortunately, excessive sitting can lead to back pain, neck pain, pinched nerves, and increased risks for circulatory problems. However, with a few simple preventative measures you can avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort while you drive by using these useful ideas.
- Make sure your truck seat promotes the proper posture. You should be able to reach the wheel and pedals of the truck without difficulty. Adjust the seat closer and make sure it is in upright position so your legs can reach the floor, your arms do not have to strain to reach the wheel, and your back remains straight.
- Replace your seat on a regular basis. The springs and padding do wear over time and do not provide the proper support your back requires. Order customer truck seats if you notice you are sinking further into the seat or it no longer provides proper support for your back, shoulders, and neck.
- Take time to stretch throughout the day. Any time you stop at a truck stop or are waiting to be loaded or unloaded, walk around, do arm and leg stretches, and flex your shoulders and back. This will help stretch muscles and ligaments, and prevent them from become too tight and causing pain.
- Spend 30 minutes each day doing some form of exercise. Get a set of dumbbells to keep in your truck and do dumbbell lifts. You can also get a stretchy exercise cord and use this to do hip twists, leg lifts, and other such exercises. If you stop for the night at a hotel, and they have a fitness center or swimming pool, utilize the equipment or swim laps to get in 30 minutes of cardio.
By incorporating these ideas into your daily truck driving routines, you can help reduce and prevent pain and discomfort. It is highly recommended that you visit a healthcare provider in the event you are currently experiencing pain for proper diagnosis and treatment. For replacement truck seats for your truck, contact Suburban Seating & Safety by calling 1-844-SAS-SEAT today for assistance in selecting the best replacement seat.